Daniel Loeb

Daniel Loeb

Last Update: 08-16-2016

Number of Stocks: 41
Number of New Stocks: 18

Total Value: $10,492 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 24%

Countries: USA
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  • Railroad Companies Offer High Margin Potential

    As of Sept. 21, several companies in the railroad industry have an efficient business operation. Two companies, Canada Pacific Railway Ltd. (NYSE:CP) and Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP), have a selling, general & administrative expense to gross profit ratio of about 30%, which suggests durable competitive advantage. With low SGA expenses, these companies have potential for high profit margins.


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  • Medical Companies Offer Good Value Opportunities

    Due to the great financial crisis, most companies were undervalued based on their valuations. Based on backtesting results, the “Peter Lynch Growth with Lower Valuation” test portfolio took positions in Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) and Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), two medical companies that reached historically low price-earnings ratios. While these companies presented good value opportunities from 2007-2011, other medical companies provide better opportunities in 2016.


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  • Daniel Loeb Exits Amgen, Trims Dow Chemical

    Daniel Loeb (Trades, Portfolio) founded Third Point LLC in 1995 and leads the firm’s research activities, portfolio and risk management. During the second quarter the guru's largest sales were as follows:


    The guru exited his stake in Amgen Inc. (AMGN) with an impact of -4.14% on the portfolio.

      


  • Carl Icahn Buys Allergan

    During the second quarter, Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) of Icahn Capital Management acquired a new holding in Allergan PLC (NYSE:AGN).


    Icahn is an activist investor, meaning he takes a position in a company and pressures management for change. Typically, he buys companies with low favorability, usually right out of bankruptcy, fixes them up and sells them when the stock is more favorable.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Goes 2 for 2 in Online Media Companies

    Founded in 1995, Third Point LLC seeks long-term capital appreciation through “event-driven, value-oriented investing.” As discussed in its prospectus, Daniel Loeb (Trades, Portfolio) invests in companies that are undervalued, or mispriced, based on market and relative valuation analysis. During the second quarter, the CEO made four trades in the online media and communications industries: two news buys, one reduction and one elimination.


    Loeb purchased 3.75 million shares of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) at an average price of $115.23 per share. The social networking company currently has a financial strength rank of 9, implying a strong business operation. As mentioned in an earlier article, Facebook has high Piotroski F-scores and Altman Z-scores. With a current Z-score of 41.73, Facebook has almost no distress.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Discloses Stake in Convicted Inside Trader's Kadmon Holdings

    Third Point’s Daniel Loeb (Trades, Portfolio) today disclosed a stake in Kadmon Holdings (NYSE:KDMN), a biopharmaceutical company that went public on July 26. The company has a famous founder, Sam Waksal, who also created ImClone before his involvement in insider trading led to SEC restrictions and prison.


    As of Monday, Loeb has reported owning 17% or 7,611,844 shares of the company, according to Real Time Picks, though he has both recent interest and a long history with it. In its pre-IPO prospectus, Loeb is listed as 13.6% owner with 6,113,020 shares, consisting of common and convertible membership units, as one of its biggest investors. Yet his investment dates back even further, to at least April, when Kadmon converted from a limited liability company to prepare for an IPO, according to filings. The company did go public, for $12 a share, and Loeb took advantage of its post-IPO dip to buy 66,828 shares on the public market on Aug. 4-5 at prices around $9.90.

      


  • John Linehan Trims Stake in Chubb

    During the second quarter John Linehan of the T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund reduced the fund's stake in Chubb (CB) at an average price of $123.26. The trade had a 0.09% impact on the portfolio. The fund now owns 319,600 shares in the company.


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  • Daniel Loeb's Third Point 2nd-Quarter 2016 Investor Letter

    Review and Outlook

      


  • Daniel Loeb Beats Market But Stocks Down

    Third Point investor Daniel Loeb (Trades, Portfolio) posted a higher return than the S&P 500 index in June, saved from negative performance by gains in his bond portfolio.


    Loeb’s Third Point Offshore Fund returned 0.8% for the month, compared to 0.3% for the index. It was the third month this year he outperformed the market, but the fund is still falling short for the year through June 30, gaining 2.1% with the index up 3.8%. Loeb’s returns have been on an upswing for the past four months, with credit boosting returns since March while long positions struggled.

      


  • Richard Perry Trims Time Warner, AIG

    Richard Perry (Trades, Portfolio) co-founded private investment management firm Perry Capital LLC in 1988, which manages about $14 billion as of August 2008. The following are his largest deals during the first quarter:


    The investor exited his stake in Williams Companies Inc. (WMB) with an impact of -10.02% on the portfolio.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Invests in Intercontinental Exchange

    During the first quarter Daniel Loeb (Trades, Portfolio) purchased 225,000 shares of Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (NYSE:ICE) at an average price of $243.36 per share.


    IntercontinentalExchange Group was originally founded in the year 2000 but changed its name to Intercontinental Exchange on June 2, 2014. The company operates regulated global marketplaces for trading and clearing an array of securities and derivatives contracts across major asset classes including interest rates, equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, and bonds. The company exchanges include futures in the U.S., U.K., continental Europe, Canada and Singapore and cash equities exchange and equity options exchanges in the U.S.

      


  • Is Seasonal Investing the Best Way to Approach the Market?

    What happens when the markets stop making sense? How do you even begin to analyze which stocks to invest in?


    Over the last two years, markets have defied conventional theories, rallied even when the global economies appeared to be struggling and in the process managed to sway several investors into believing that everything was on a roll.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Danaher

    Danaher (DHR) is a diversified multi-industrial company with an increasing exposure to life science and healthcare-oriented businesses. Operating across five different business segments and built up through over 400 acquisitions over the company’s history, the cornerstone for Danaher’s successful integration and value creation strategy has been the


    Danaher Business System (DBS). Adapted from Japanese principles of kaizen, DBS has evolved into a set of processes and corporate culture revolving around continuous improvement, helping to drive organic growth and annual margin improvement across Danaher’s portfolio.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Chubb Ltd.

    Chubb Ltd. (CB) is the product of ACE Limited’s acquisition of The Chubb Corporation which closed in January. The deal combined two world-class operators that have consistently put up ~90% combined ratios – almost 900bps better than North American peers – and have compounded book value at 10%+ the past decade, more than double that of peers. The new Chubb is the largest public pure-play P&C company by underwriting income. It also has a number of factors we look for in a pro forma situation: an A+ CEO in Evan Greenberg; complementary fit across products, distribution, and geography; and a plan that is less focused on short-term cost savings than long-term strategic opportunities for growth, which are abundant.


    Chubb’s scale and focus on growth could not come at a better time as certain competitors scale back operations to satisfy shareholder demands. We are willing to forego short-term cost cuts or buybacks to own a franchise that is a long-term winner with the premier franchise in US high-net-worth insurance, #1 share in global professional lines, and an enviable global platform with leading A&H and personal lines in Asia and Latin America. We view Chubb as a high-quality compounder in the financials space, with double-digit earnings growth potential over the next few years. Critically, this earnings power is far less sensitive to rates and credit quality than fundamental execution.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Charter Communications

    Charter Communications (CHTR) is a domestic provider of voice, video, and high-speed data. In May 2015, Charter announced the acquisition of Time Warner Cable. This is a transformational deal that quadruples the company’s scale while driving substantial operating efficiencies. Importantly, the pro forma company will be led by Charter’s current CEO, Tom Rutledge, who we view as one of the best operators in the industry.


    New Charter is well positioned to capture market share from satellite and telco competitors given its advantaged high-speed data product. In addition, Mr. Rutledge’s track record of boosting video penetration, driving down service costs, and executing large network transformations at legacy Charter makes us optimistic about his leadership of the new entity.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Molson Coors Brewing Company

    TAP (NYSE:TAP), on the other hand, stands to benefit greatly from acquiring divested assets. The company is picking up the remaining 58% share of the MillerCoors US joint venture that it does not already own, the perpetual rights to import legacy SAB global brands such as Peroni in the US, and the global rights to the Miller brand. The transaction is highly accretive for TAP given the sheer size of the acquired assets. It also gives the company full control over its most important market, something that ought to improve operational effectiveness and increase the long-term strategic value of the company to a potential acquirer as the global beer industry continues to consolidate. As is the case with BUD, we believe TAP will compound nicely over the next several years as the market more fully appreciates the earnings power and strategic optionality of the pro forma company.

    From Daniel Loeb (Trades, Portfolio)'s first quarter 2016 shareholder letter.   


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Anheuser Busch InBev

    The long awaited acquisition of SAB Miller (SAB) by Anheuser Busch InBev (BUD) announced late last year created two interesting pro forma situations. The deal, expected to close in the second half of 2016, will combine the two largest global brewers and create an unrivaled player with strong pricing power in an increasingly consolidated global industry. It will also transform Molson Coors (TAP) into a stronger regional competitor following the acquisition of certain SAB assets that must be sold for anti-trust reasons.


    Starting with BUD, we think the stock ought to grow nicely over the next several years as the true earnings power of the new company is revealed. Part of the gains will come from improving the underlying profitability of SAB, as operational control of its assets is transferred to BUD’s highly regarded management team led by CEO Carlos Brito. Another part will come from the capture of deal-related cost and revenue synergies, as duplication is eliminated and BUD’s global brands like Budweiser, Corona, and Stella are rolled out to legacy SAB markets in Africa and Latin America. Finally, the rest should come from financial engineering as BUD’s under-levered balance sheet is monetized to help finance the transaction. We also think the new company will likely command a higher valuation as SAB’s emerging market exposure will be accretive to top line growth over time.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Dow Chemical

    We are encouraged by the latest developments in our investment in Dow (DOW) which announced a merger with DuPont in December. In February, the company revealed that long-time CEO Andrew Liveris will be stepping aside not long after the merger’s completion. DuPont’s CEO, Ed Breen, is a proven operator and capital allocator. Breen made his mark by streamlining Tyco, a long-time industrial conglomerate, splitting the company into focused units and thus created enormous shareholder value. He brings an unbiased perspective and is not afraid to challenge the status quo, two qualities that will be essential in leading Dow/DuPont given the histories of both of these conglomerates.


    We continue to believe there is potential for operational improvement at Dow that would be incremental to the $3 billion announced synergy target; in aggregate, approximately $5 billion of earnings improvement could be unlocked. The merger structure preserves both companies’ strong balance sheets which, combined with fading Sadara and Gulf Coast CapEx, should allow for meaningful capital return while maintaining a strong investment grade balance sheet. Taking all of these factors into account, we believe the pro forma entity is capable of generating $5.50 – 6.00 of EPS in 2018. Given that these earnings will consist of contributions from several focused spinoffs, we also believe that multiple expansion is likely.

      


  • Quality Guru Stocks Include Amgen, Comcast

    According to GuruFocus’ All-in-One Screener, the following stocks have a high business predictability rating and at least five gurus are shareholders in the companies.


    WestRock Co. (WRK)

      


  • Why Dan Loeb Is Adding to His Green Brick Position

    Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ:GRBK) is a land development company with a bank of land in favorable parts of the Dallas and Atlanta areas. In addition it owns controlling interests (of exactly 50%) in four homebuilding companies.


    The company was set up and customized around 2008 by guru David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio), of Greenlight Capital and Jim Brickman, who was going to lead it. Brickman has 35 years of experience in the business. Einhorn owns ~50% of the equity and Brickman around 10% through various names. They called it Green Brick. Get it?

      


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